WATCH LIVE: Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration

The United States commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday. Americans around the nation will commemorate the day with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. -- the local time on December 7, 1941 when the first Japanese planes filled the skies over the harbor.

On that day, dubbed the "date which will live in infamy" by President Franklin Roosevelt, Japan took aim at Pearl Harbor and six other military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The attack claimed 2,400 American lives and marked the start of U.S. involvement in World War II.

The opening ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m. EST at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Events will continue throughout the day at different locations across the island.

The attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years later

According to the 75th commemoration website, these are the events scheduled for Wednesday:

  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration: 7:45 a.m. HST (12:45 p.m. EST) to 9:15 a.m. HST (2.15 p.m. EST) at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

  • Attack on Hickam Field Ceremony & Reception: 7:50 a.m. HST at Atterbury Circle, Hickam AFB

  • Annual Wreath Presentation: 8 a.m. HST at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

  • Freedom Bell Ringing: 11 a.m. HST to 1 p.m. HST at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

  • Public Tours of the USCGC Morgenthau: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. HST at Aloha Tower Pier 9

  • 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST at Battleship Missouri Memorial

  • Fox Sports Pearl Harbor Basketball Invitational - Seton Hall vs. California, Princeton vs. Hawaii: 2 p.m. HST and 4:30 p.m. HST at Bloch Arena

  • USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony: 1 p.m. HST to 2:30 p.m. HST at USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island

  • 25th Infantry Division Commemoration Ceremony: 3 p.m. HST to 3:30 p.m. HST at Fort DeRussy

  • Double Interment Ceremony: 4 p.m. HST to 5:30 p.m. HST at USS Arizona Memorial

  • Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Public Ceremony: 4:30 p.m. HST to 7:30 p.m. HST at Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki

Pearl Harbor survivors visit the base on the 75th Anniversary